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in washington. wolf. >> brooke, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama nominates chuck hagel to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> p
about the direction of u.s. foreign policy in the wake of former republican senator chuck hagel's nomination as the next secretary of defense. mr. hagel currently serve as the co-chair of president obama's intelligence advisory board and many critics are worried saying that a number of hagel's past comments, including iran, cuba and israel have been completely at odds with u.s. interests. the congresswoman, the chairperson of the house foreign affairs committee and joins us now. >> thank you. >> kelly: i looked at a concerns you and your colleagues have about the nomination of former republican senator chuck hagel to be the new secretary of defense. for example, you have concerns, i understand about the statements he's made in the past on iran, israel, cuba and how he reportedly would like to even cut military spending and perhaps hallow out the fort. and what can this nominee do to ease your concerns as well as those of your republican colleagues? >> well, i think that people should be judged by their past actions and when i was the chair of affairs and now middle east and subc
that case was just freed. why? >>> senator chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary getting support from an unlikely source. why iran says it stands behind him. >>> a gruesome murder time. the woman accused of brutally killing her boyfriend says they acted in self-defense. will the jury buy it or could she end up on death row? it's all "happening now." jenna: we have a lot of news to get to today including these brand new developments in the benghazi terror investigation. glad you're with us everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: and i'm john scott. one of the suspects in custody from the deadly attack on our consulate in libya is free now. he was conditionally released by tunisian authorities because of lack of evidence. his release is considered a blow into the investigation into the september 11th attack that killed our ambassador to libya and those three other americans. greg palkot is following the story live from london. this suspect, greg, what can you tell us about him? >> reporter: john, he is a tunisian arrested in turkey in october. he just left libya. he was in the libya at the
in chuck hagel's corner. the defense minister applauding president obama's pick for the defense chief, saying we hope there will be practical changes in america's foreign policy and washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations. hagel's comments about iran have become lightning rods. critics point back to his push in 2005 for direct negotiations with iran and to his past statements like in 2006, when he said i would say that a military strike against iran, a military option, is not a viable feasible responsible option. i believe a political settlement will be the answer. 2005 and 2006 was a long time ago. his views have tempered perhaps, who knows. "outfront" tonight, peter brooks, former assistant secretary of defense and john avlon. let me start with you, peter. obviously the iranian government loves to get involved in these things at times and stir the pot. they seem to love to do that. but how much does this seeming endorsement affect this potential nomination? >> well, i guess you have to ask the senate. i doubt very much that they'll take the ayatollah's advice -- take
the man david the president wants to oversee the withdrawal, the drawdown and withdrawal is chuck hagel to head the pentagon. we talked about him last week. you said then that you thought it would be hard to get him confirmed. do you still -- >> i change my mind. well, i was right then. but reality has changed so i'm also right now. i think he's going to get confirmed. there is republican opposition. some people are saying there it is up to chuck schumer, from new york. he held a key position. the idea that chuck schumer is going to vote against president obama defense secretary seems small. i think he is likely to get it. the one thing that strikes me with these picks, john kerry, chuck hagel, is that like obama, they were among the social senators, they have a same profile, more intellectual, but they were not joe biden going around shaking everybody's hands, from a team of rivals to a team of lone others so they are very similar tempermental. >> woodruff: what does that say and though throw in john brennan. >> i think the chuck hagel thing, 579 cabinet officer notice history of the u
. the news faces include his nomination of john kerry at state, chuck hagel at defense, jack lew takes over treasury and the president still has to fill the labor secretary post. we're told that some of the first-timers sticking around for the second term include the attorney general, that's eric holder. health secretary cath leaning sebelius and veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki. joining me now is stephen clemens, the editor-at-large at the atlantic. thanks for coming in on a saturday. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> the president's being criticized. we've said this a couple of times because of his new cabinet picks, that they're all white men and it doesn't reflect sort of the makeup of america. is that fair? >> well, i think when you look at a portion of a cabinet, you might be able to make that argument, and i don't think president obama is saying the first four years that he did the diversity thing and now he's moving beyond that to bring in you know a lot of elder white gentleman. i think if chuck hagel with his accomplishments happened to be a gay hispanic man, barack ob
a fascinating story regarding charles schumer. it seems that chuck schumer is the key to chuck hagel's failure or success. tell us why. >> that's right. and first we have to do happy friday. >> happy friday. >> happy friday. >> boy, do we need that. >> and this is a surprise. senator schumer has been telling his allies in new york, especially jewish groups, that would be, quote, very hard, very hard for him to support chuck hagel for pentagon head because of his positions on israel the other day. the real canary in the coal mine on the trouble that the hagel nomination has faced was on "meet the press" several weaks ago when senator schumer surprisingly wouldn't commit to supporting him. and usually when the president has a nominee, favorite nominee, a name out there, the number three democrat in the senate, chuck schumer, is going to say sure, i'll support him. he said he's going to listen for the hearings. and that's where he still is. just wednesday at a private breakfast at park avenue winter, one of those fancy restaurants up there, senator schumer was saying that he was very uneasy about
the best in chuck hagel, john brennan, and senator kerry and that as the president looks to fill these other positions, finding the best is what will guide him. wolf? >> the president also has an important visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family re
to see you, chris. former senator chuck hagel, of course, just nominated for secretary of defense, he would be part of this pull-out. he's a guy that was not in favor of the troop surge, has a controversial side to him in that regard. what do we expect from him? >> reporter: basically, michael, wasn't in favor of the surge in iraq, not quite so critical of the surge in afghanistan. it's a big difference. on the surge in iraq, he called it one of the biggest foren policy blunders since vietnam. chuck hagel was part of the planning for the afghanistan surge under president obama. he consulted with the president's national security adviser and when he gave a speech shortly after that surge was announced didn't have much criticism for president obama, said he was approaching the situation very carefully. so that suggests that his position may be a lot more aligned with president obama on afghanistan than it was during the later years of president bush. >> yeah. president karzai, meeting him, he wants u.s. security personnel to stick around after 2014, that's going happen, but he's highly
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's best. in case you missed it all, here's a look back at the week that was. >> chuck hagel may need those war survival skills. >> chuck hagel's leadership of our military would be historic. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> two nightmarish incidents are now under investigation. >> a fuel leak is always a serious matter. >> always unacceptable. >> what a beautiful woman, wow. >> i think the media has been unfair to him. >> a beautiful woman, a few ugly plane problems and more petty politics ruled this week that was, one that began with some key cabinet picks like chuck hagel. >> i came to admire his courage and his judgment. even if it wasn't popular. >> turns out, he's not too popular with some. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> profoundly wrong on some of the biggest national security threats confronting the united states today. >> the mechanical problems just keep rolling in from boeing's 787 dreamliner. >> more like a nightmare. three
to kick off his second term but three of his top picks could face tough nomination. chuck hagel will have to answer questions about past comments he made about israel and gays. and john brennan picked to lead the c.i.a. will have to answer questions to link to enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush administration. jeff sessions and others coming out against jack lew for treasury-secretary. sessions says he believes lew 2010 budget testimony before congress was, quote, the most colossal misrepresentation in history. listen. >> i just had one vote on it. i do think the senate needs to push back against this idea that people can come before our committee and say anything they want to inaccurately and two years later want to be promoted to a higher office in our country really in the world. the secretary of treasury and we shouldn't treat that lightly. he needs to be held to account in my opinion. >> arthel: in order to get these nominees appointed, will president obama l have on to expend a lot of capital? former outreach director for john mckay and christy is director of new heig
has been questioned for nominating chuck hagel for defense secretary, a man who was against the surge in afghanistan is four more defense cuts and written about avoiding wars, would it help the president to take a stronger stance on this? >> no. at the end of the day, you go through your evaluations. i talked to a three-star general that served in afghanistan that made it perfectly clear that these are delicate situations. you are still dealing with a country where we are trying to get the security forces up to bar. it could cost us about $30 billion a year. the president has to make an economic decision as well. if panetta is on his way out is saying, i want it done in weeks and the president is simply saying, i am going to take a few more months, i say, take your time, because you are dealing with the lives of american troops. >> that's a fair point. the clock is ticking. the united states says it is going to withdraw in 2014. it is not just delay on troop numbers that had us asking questions today. today, the question gave a reason for the delay. he said, i haven't got recommendati
to him. >> beautiful woman, few ugly plane problems and key cabinet picks like chuck hagel. >> i came to admire his courage, his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. >> turns out he's not too popular with some. >> chuck hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> profoundly wrong on some of the biggest national security threats confronting the united states today. >>> mechanical problems keep rolling in for boeing's 787 dreamliner. >> more like a nightmare. three of boeing's brand new planes suffered a slue of issues. >> fire and leaking fuel. >> error message related to the plane's braking system. >> all these little glitches that boeing says they are, or is there something else that's happening? >> reporter: nope. boeing says just growing pains. but airlines are growing impatient. >> they have a quality problem. and this quality problem should be resolved. >> reporter: speaking of problems. >> wow, i tell you quarterbacks, you get all the
, and i'm going to lead the way. >> a couple of quick ones, leader. chuck hagel appears to be set to be nominated as defense secretary. will he be confirmed, do you believe? >> well, i think he'll be subjected to the same kinds of oversight hearings that any nominee for such an important position would expect. and his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all of the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republicans in the senate. >> as you know, i spend the holidays in kentucky, your home state, and i know full well there's a much different view of gun regulation in your state than in other parts of the country. never ttheles nevertheless, the president appears to be ready to push forward to a more comprehensive package dealing with mental health. have your views changed? are you willing to entertain the idea o
the president has been questioned for nominated chuck hagel for defense secretary, would it have helped the president to take a stronger stance on this issue today? either telling the country the troop count or being open of the fact of, hey, look, we're not on the schedule to announce this and telling the public why. >> no, at the end of the day, you go through your evaluations. i talked to a three-star general who served in afghanistan who made it perfectly clear that these are delicate situations, you're still dealing with a country where we're trying to get the security forces up to par. you also don't just want to just make some kind of announcement without thinking it through. i talked to a senior administration official who said to lead 10,000 troops in afghanistan could cost us $30 billion a year. the president also has to make an economic decision, as well. so, look, if panetta is saying i want it done in weeks and the president is simply saying i'm going to take a few more months, i say take your time because you're dealing with the lives of american troops. >> that's a fair p
of chuck hagel for secretary of defense. >> krauthammer says he thinks it give as preview of the second term and vision for the defense department. >>> i think what is happening in the second term obama is going to show who he really is. remember when he said to the soviet president after the election i will be more flexible which means he can be more of who he wants to be. number one item is cut down defense, the defense department. leon panetta said the cuts were supposed to go into effect on january the 1st and have now been delayed for a month. if they went into effect he gave i wanted indications he might resign on principal because he cannot carry it out. when hagel was asked he said the defense department is bloated and needs to be paired down. he is prepared to do the dismantling obama wanted to do never admitted he wanted to do but would be carried out in a second term. >> when discussing iran he said describing hagel as being soft is an under statement. what's going on with us today? >> still looking at more heavy rain associated with the storm system across texas and louisian
that the nomination like chuck hagel, which is fairly controversial, nonetheless is sure to be a winner for him because he's got the power of the presidency at a moment when he feels, you know, it is never going to be more powerful for him and in the rest of the second term. jon: i made that observation the other day because chuck hagel is not popular among some, even in the republican party. so the president gets to look bipartisan by nominating a republican, but it's a republican who doesn't enjoy widespread support or at least unanimous support from members of his own party. >> well, you know, you touched on something among the political pros in washington is much, a point of much conversation. you know he had challenged mitch mcconnell for leadership post while he was in the senate. so mcconnell doesn't have a whole lot of love for him. don't forget, he endorsed john kerry in that nebraska senate race that recently went to a republican. so people don't, of course he was opposed to the war. he opposed the surge in iraq. so the bush administration folks, again they don't have a whole lot of l
secretary of state colin powell. the retired four-star general called chuck hagel "supremely qualified" in his words to be the next secretary of defense. powell and hagel are both vietnam vets and both republicans, but powell had some harsh words for their party saying the gop should take a very hard look at itself. >> there is also a dark -- a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. what do i mean by that? what i mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. >> powell says he is still a republican but that his party's shift to the right has caused it to lose elections saying it has to change along with the country's population. >>> in india tonight, there is new outrage over a new incident of sexual attack. six men are behind bars tonight. police say a 29-year-old woman was brutally assaulted by a group of men including the driver of a bus on which she was traveling. last month the brutal and ultimately deadly attack against another woman on a bus caused worldwide condemnation and protests. >>> in moscow thousands of russians on behalf of americans are outra
of defense chuck hagel. both are likely to favor a faster withdrawal of u.s. troops. and the white house has left open the possibility that the u.s. may not leave any troops in afghanistan harris? >> i understand that critics are very concerned about that plan because they say it could be very risky. >> concerned that the u.s. needs to make sure over the next couple of years that as we leave, we make sure al qaeda isn't going to move back into afghanistan. i think all americans want our troops home. keep our troops there safe. when you reduce your number complete, coordinated with the afghan authorities and filled by terrorists. >> president obama says the goal of making sure al qaeda al qaeda to launch afghanistan quote within reach. harris? >> so he met with president karzai yesterday and then i understand president obama had a meeting at the pentagon having to do with some of this. what you can tell us about that. >> the white house says this was really a fitness test at the health clinic at the pentagon today. part of the medical checkup coordinated by a doctor. the president was there a
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iranian official says he hopes chuck hagel will help make practical changes in american foreign policy. some of his fellow republicans say they cannot and will not support hagel because of his record on israel and iran. he once made a comment about the quote jewish lobby and some of the, quote, dumb things they do. but later went on to say he supports israel in every way in the same conversation. at any rate now tells nebraska newspaper critics have completely distorted his record. he has shown unequivocal support for israel and called iran a sponsor of terrorism many times. first, there was a fire on one plane. now a fuel leak on another. the aircraft maker boeing dealing with a pair of problems on newest passenger jet the dream liner. what's up here? we will get a report next. plus a guy wins a million bucks in the lottery. the next day he is dead. investigators at the time said natural causes. they are digging up the body now to try to figure out who poisoned him. that and the rest of the night's journalists on this fox news tuesday fox report. it's the little things in life that ma
former senator chuck hagel, richard. i've covered him for many years. he was skeptical about the wars in iraq and afghanistan for that matter and if he's confirmed as the next defense secretary, where do you think he personally will come down on keeping a military presence in afghanistan? >> he and i have talked about afghanistan. we've not talked about that particular issue. my hunch is he would be comfortable as are most people in the national security realm, although i won't speak for him, about keeping a residual force. the cost would be relatively small, it would allow to you do some continued training and advising. it would allow to you do limited counterterrorism. it avoids looking like you're pulling out the rug. so in some way it is protects the united states somewhat from the argument that we've quote/unquote abandoned afghanistan although after a decade it's hard to argue that we would be doing so. so the only danger it seems to me is if you have small forces, they often can accomplish a lot and are they there to baby-sit, to use a terrible phrase, a country that's unraveli
senator chuck hagel has come under fire for his remarks about iran, israel and gay rights. he'll sit down with a leading democrat chuck schumer of new york among others. hagel got a resounding endorsement yesterday from former secretary of state colin powell. >>> it's been one year since the cruise ship "costa concordia" disaster. hundreds of survivors and relatives of the 32 victims marked the anniversary yesterday with a candlelight vigil near the crash scene. they also released chinese lanterns that floated in the air over the ship which is still stuck in the water. it could be september before it's rolled upright and towed to a port. >> i can't believe it's still in the water. >>> american forces played a role in the failed rescue attempt of a french hostage in somalia last week. president obama revealed that u.s. warplanes entered somali air space to support that rescue operation. no weapons were used, though. the french intelligent agent was held hostage for three years was apparently killed in the failed raid. >>> in russia, signs of anger against a new law banning americans from a
panetta not a happy camper about that. his likely replacement, chuck hagel, a dod budget cutter as far as we know. i'm wondering how this whole exercise is going to affect national security. here now is retired u.s. army general barry mccaffrey, military analyst for nbc news. general mccaffrey, welcome back. about $55 billion this year. can it be cut without compromising our national security, sir? >> it certainly will be an inefficient way to run a railroad. for god's sake there's only seven months left in the fiscal year. so leon panetta will go shopping with 2500 investment accounts and try and pull stuff out, not people. too late to do that. so they've got to go to the defense industry and tell them look we're not buying that many items this year. it's a lousy way to defend the country. >> well i'm sure you're right about that. but looking at the longer term issue here, the sequester itself is a ten-year issue. here's a question from one of the things i read today. why do we have a $70 billion military budget in europe? do we really need all those bases in all those resources? $70
for his national security team. former republican senator chuck hagel is in for a confirmation fight before he becomes defense secretary. and obama aide john brennan will also face some tough questions in his bid for the cia. jon karl is covering it all from washington. good morning, jon. >> reporter: the president has put together the final pieces of his national security team. but he'll have to do battle with congress before getting them all in place. the president is wasting no time defending his chosen national security team. >> my number one criteria in making these decisions was simple. who is going to do the best job in securing america? >> reporter: president obama's choice for defense secretary, chuck hagel, is a decorated vietnam veteran, with shrapnel from that war still in his chest. >> mr. president, i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: while he's a former republican senator, this morning, he's drawing sharp criticism from both the right and the left, after comments he made in 2006 about israel. on monday, republican house majority lea
as secretary of state, jack lew to replace timothy geithner and chuck hagel to as secretary of defense. tinny, good to see you. happy new year. >> happy new year to you, too. >> nice to see you. what do you make of the reshuffle? >> well, they are not surprising choices. there's a lot of discussion about whether obama's second term means changes or continuity. i'd use another key term which is consolidation. i think his cabinet are loyalists and insiders. they'll help move forward the agenda. there isn't a lot of change here. >> hillary clinton is going. >> again, i think you will see the perpetuation of the policy priorities that we've seen in the first term. in fact, many would say that the obama administration's foreign policy have been one of its most successful areas. he was long fit for this post, kerry, that is. >> you have set this up on raising the debt ceiling, wider agreement over getting any kind of grand bargain. where do we now go? he has his new team. >> not yet. they need to be confirmed. >> they need to be confirmed, obviously, but as we head towards a debt ceiling which has
kerry is mr. obama's choice to replace hillary clinton. jack lew will replace timothy geithner. chuck hagel at the pentagon. the president will be down to how many women? you will have the labor position to fill. again, you have hillary clinton leaving, connell and i were going through the list. there are few women in cabinet positions. connell: charlie rangel is here with us to talk about this. is this a big problem for the president, the lack of diversity >> i spent so much time making fun of republicans and the action not women and jewish people in the congress and blacks and hispanics, it has just been unreal. i will have to explain why our picture looks the same. i do not think we should just look for women. we should have qualified people out there. we have not found them. that is just not true. it is a problem. it is a problem that can and i am convinced will be corrected. dagen: how will it be corrected? >> first of all, we have the president. nobody would rather have somebody like that speaking out for him. we have an opposite thing. we know the commitment is there, but the a
, 15 years ago he opposed, chuck hagel opposed a nominee that was going to serve in the country of luxembourg as an ambassador, the size of a table, and he opposed him for being aggressively gay and had some tough anti-gay statements to make at the time. yes he apologized but apologized two weeks ago when his name was already being considered for secretary of defense, and yet it's okay to go after the pastor, but it's not okay to go after the nominee for secretary of defense, who is going to be making big and small decisions on a daily basis as we implement the complete repeal of don't ask, don't tell. that i think is inconsistent and verging on hypocriticahypocriti. >> just to be clear giglio pulled out on his own. president obama didn't change his mind and say get out. >> ana brings up a good point. we have to include people's evolving views on this. again i go back to what the reverend said 15 or 20 years ago, he has not disavowed. hagel has absolute disavowed what he said, and a lot of gay rights groups have taken him -- >> two weeks ago, maria, a very convenient evolution.
former senator chuck hagel to be his next secretary of the defense, it's widely speculated that a more aggressive drawdown is something that hagel may favor as well. but it's sort of unclear, wolf, what it means for the final number of u.s. troops that will remain in afghanistan. we know that white house officials are talking about somewhere between 0 and 9,000 troops but one of the things that was really interesting, listening to this press conference today. >> we didn't hear the presidents talk about there being no u.s. troops. in fact, the finding of common ground on immunity for u.s. troops and afghan soldiers and who will be in control of overseeing them seem to indicate that they have found some common ground on key sticking points and the take away there is likely there are going to be u.s. troops in afghanistan beyond 2014. >> the only thing they have to work out is how many. it looks like you're right. thanks very much, brianna, for that. >>> the date is now set for president obama's state of the union address. following tradition, the house speaker sent a letter to the presid
time with john kerry during the campaign so he picked him. he likes chuck hagel and he picked him. that may be vast oversimplification. margaret carlson made the same point. mary katherine, it would bother me more if i president hadn't done a thorough job thinking this through than whether it was women, minorities white people, whatever they are. >> if charlie rangel thinks it is embarrassing you are really in trouble. as much as i kid about him i appreciate him holding the president to account on this let's be clear, he ran on this to a great extent. his presidency was to prevent an alleged all white-male cabinet which would not have been the case with romney but that was sort of implication. and getting all these folks names. i think there is some truth this is the club that he hangs around in and that is perhaps why you shouldn't have been hard on someone like romney for going out and requesting binders full of women. maybe he should send some over to the white house that might be helpful. go ahead. >> no, i thought that was cute. i thought that was very cute. from my perspecti
for a fight with republicans over chuck hagel, president obama's pick for secretary of defense. as well as a fight over that other thing, everything. [ laughter ] >>> i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. the push for gun control tops the agenda in the nation's capital today. vice president biden's task force meets with gun control lobbies and victims groups. mayors from around the country are launching a new ad campaign to increase gun kroell and in new york governor andrew cuomo will use his state-of-the-state message to call for tougher new gun laws. >> new jersey governor chris christie is riding high with a 73% approval rating in his own state after calling out his own party in congress for waiting to help superstorm sandy victims. >> christie is seen as a potential front-runner for the 2016 president nomination. this morning i asked christie if he thinks the tea party has too much clout in the gop? >> no, i don't. i think they have influence. i think everybody who comes to the table should have a voice. >> you don't think that's why the house
, more pushback over the president's selection of the independent minded chuck hagel as secretary of defense. >> on hagel's part, i actually think there are serious policy concerns and i think these hearings are going to make a great deal of difference as to whether he is confirmed or not. >> reporter: with washington barreling toward its borrowing limit, the white house is digging in its heels for debate over the debt ceiling. >> it is congress' responsibility to ensure that the bills congress racked up are paid. >> reporter: just one of several looming showdowns as the president prepares to kick off his second term. >> what you're seeing is a more aggressive barack obama, someone who is looking more at polishing what his place in history will be, the mark he wants to leave on the country in the next four years. and that, in some ways, means a more contentious relationship with congress. >> reporter: and some serious people, matt, are floating an idea to try to avoid that debt ceiling crisis, proposing that the treasury department mint a platinum trillion dollar coin. you would p
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